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A Fatal Attempt at a World Record

this diver and his support team were just too cocky

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There are always going to be bold, brash divers who will want to go farther, faster, deeper than other divers. Take the world record for deepest dive. There has been a spate of attempts in the past few years to break it. The current record is 1,090 feet, set last September by Egyptian diver Ahmed Gabr in the Red Sea. The latest attempt, on August 15, ended in tragedy, when the diver, an ear, nose and throat doctor from St. Croix named Guy Garman, failed to return from depth. Garman, in his mid-50s, attempted his dive at Long Reach, a reef outside Christiansted Harbor, and was supported by ScubaTec, a tech diving school also located in St. Croix. Garman had planned his 1,200-foot record attempt dive for the past two years, but many technical dive experts believe that an oversupply of confidence by Garman and his support staff combined with a lack of experience and training dives turned into a fatal combination.

Garman, who called himself "Dr. Deep," had the dive line installed himself, a 1,300-foot line sunk into the sea floor with a 250-pound anchor. ScubaTec owner Ed Buckley told the Virgin Island Daily News that Garman soon dived far deeper than his trainers, whose deepest depth was 215 feet. "His own research and planning and plotting put him well above the level of the deep instructors he got certified with." He also said Garman was a meticulous planner. "He'd tell [the support staff], 'If I have a seizure, this is what you do. If this happens, this is what you do.' He was treating the whole thing as being a scientist, not a recreational thing."

Garman's last deepest dive before the big one was in early April, when he made a solitary descent to 815 feet. For the August 15 dive, he wore three oversized "monster" tanks, four double tanks, three computers and a GoPro camera. He also had a clip-on marker on his dive line to measure his 1,200-foot descent and satisfy the Guinness people that it was a true world record. The weight of all this gear is estimated to be around 400 pounds....

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